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7 Ways You May Be Killing Your Relationship Without Knowing

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What makes some couples go the distance, while other romances fizzle out before they’ve even gotten off the ground?

Below, relationship experts share seven negative qualities that can undermine a relationship in the early stages.

1. You expect way too much from your partner.

There’s nothing wrong with setting high expectations for potential partners. But you’re setting yourself up for failure if you believe a soulmate should be responsible for your sense of fulfillment in life, said Kristin Davin, a psychologist in New York City.

“I see a lot of people in relationships who are overly dependent on their spouse for everything,” she said. “Looking to your partner for all your emotional support creates a burden on the other person.”

It may kill you to spend time apart in the beginning, but doing so is the best way to avoid a co-dependent relationship, Davin said.

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